Published on : Friday, January 5, 2018
The chairman of the Indigenous Tourism Network of Mexico, RITA informed EFE that tourism is kind of a tool for joining together the cultural heritage, preserve biodiversity and the defense of indigenous peoples. To quote Ricardo Campos, “What we are trying to achieve is community development with identity, having tourism as a showcase.”
RITA includes over 100 organizations in 16 different states representing 17 indigenous peoples, including Purepechas, Totonacos, Mazahuas and Lacandones.
Campos explained that RITA is keen to achieve respectable living standards for the communities at the same time safeguarding their identity, as different to cases where tourism “has negatively affected biodiversity and culture.”
He gave the instance of the Mayan area, where the constant rush of visitors has been accompanied by “a high level of loss of language and biodiversity due to tourist megaprojects.”
Through RITA, he said, “we seek to join this tourism development, but sustainably.”
“We are focusing tourist activity toward building a platform for the development of indigenous communities, all the while generating sustainable economic mechanisms that maintain and benefit from biodiversity,” Campos said.
He mentioned that sustainable tourism is getting ground in terms of traditional tourism, as shown in a transfer toward a more environmentally friendly tourism.